Journals, you know I love them! I’m now on “normal” journal number ten and this is not going to be the last one I make!
With normal journal I mean a journal, no whether what I will always write in it and that is the most important notebook for me. But I don’t write in just one notebook, I do in several ones. And I really want to show you what notebooks I use at the moment to keep my mind sane!
I write in notebooks as long as I can remember. When I was little I was nuts about notebooks, friendship books and went to the library very often. I don’t have any diary left from when I was at that age, because they were all filled till page 20 or something and blank from that page on. So mostly I threw them away, a waste when I think about it right now. I would have loved it to read about what was on my mind at that moment!
But back to this what this post is about!
So I don’t only have these journals, but also use some others:
1. The one I shared the most
Like I said, I’ve never been that good with keeping a diary at an early age, but since I started journaling, I never stopped doing it! So yeah, what is the difference between these two and why does it seems easier to write in a journal then a diary? Well I think this post is going to be way too long if I get into the details, but I think a journal is something more open, accepting and less too personal.
The most beautiful thought about journals I think it’s that it doesn’t have to be only for me. I know my mom and grandma have diaries from long ago and I would love to read them! Only I know they rather keep it for themselves and ofcourse I do respect that. But (almost) everyone can take a peek into my journal if they want to.
2. A regular A4 notebook
An another notebook I regularly use is a normal A4 ring bound notebook. Here I write down the thoughts that I want to get rid of, but rather not write it in my other journal. Those are more personal and I know that I would want to throw those pages away some day.
Something I also use this notebook for, are Morning Pages. If you have never heard of this, it’s something Julia Cameron created and wrote about in her book The Artist’s Way.
So the whole idea of this is that you wake up, make yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea and sit down to write down three full pages of everything that’s on your mind. Yes, three is a lot and I actually never write three pages. Mostly two, then my head is clear and ready for the day! Also I don’t write them that often, because on work days I really don’t have the time for this in the mornings. So I rather write Morning pages of free days and in evenings to write about everything that happened that day.
Some time ago, I started something new. You may have read about it in my last post. I made a free printable that you also can download and use, filled with writing prompts to have everything something to write about. I always have loved it to use these kinds of printables and it’s really fun to make one myself and use it!
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” it says on the front of this notebook. I’m not crazy about quotes, but this is something that is really “true” for me. There are days when your motivation is far away and you rather watch netflix then make a new blogpost (yes I’m very guilty of this) . And sometimes it is good to do something else, to get a break from everything, but you also need to keep going on for the same reason you started doing it in the first place!
So generally I use this notebook for notes about social media and articles for my blog. Regularly I make notes to get to know more about the beauty of blogging!
There is something that I always loved so much to do, and that is writing in books. And now I’m not talking about notebooks, but workbooks. And no, not those from school, but really fun ones you can buy in the bookstore. You might have heard of “Wreck This Journal” from Keri Smith. I have had this book, never did much with it, sadly, but I did like to flip through it and writing in it!
Nowadays I own workbooks like the “Mindfulness workbook” from Flow Magazine and I’m working in a dutch workbook named (in english) “I can achieve everything I want to” from Gewoon Jip. I bought this book at creative life last march. So in this book you are working on a specific dream or goal you want to achieve. And throughout the book, you are actually realizing the dream or goal. These books are so much fun to work with!
Some tips for you to keep a journal:
– Buy a notebook and take it everywhere you go. Write in it when you feel like it and use it to write down thoughts or just notes.
– Use my free printable! More ideas to fill up the notebook you just bought 🙂
– If you are going to save this journal for many years, be sure to invest in a really good notebook. I love to use Paperblanks but I’ve also heard great things about Moleskine. They are expensive, but they will last you a long time!
– Stick not with only one brand. Honestly, if I would have a regular black journal time after time, I would be done with the book a lot faster. So be bold, choose a design you love and don’t be afraid to try out different brands! I have journals that come in various sizes and I love each and everyone of them!
– Do you think that only writing is a bit boring? Well I can understand it because I share the same feeling. That’s why I use scraps of paper, colorful pens and washi tape to bright up my pages!
– Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram are great sources to boost your inspiration and motivation to work in your journal! I especially love to use Instagram, I always find so much inspiration for new pages and new ways to make my journal pretty 🙂
Do you have journals? And did you get some more inspiration to fill up your pile of blank notebooks?